Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spanish language edition of of New Literacies and Teacher Learning

La edición en español de New Literacies and Teacher Learning: Professional Development and the Digital Turn acaba de ser publicada en México por Ediciones SM en México. 



El contenido del libro es el siguiente:

Para ver el contenido más claramente, haga clic en las imágenes.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We have a new edited collection out!

We're both very happy to announce that Researching New Literacies: Design, Theory and Data in Sociocultural Investigation is now out. This is a collection that addresses a number of themes that we feel rather strongly about; including the importance of demystifying the qualitative research process, recognizing the messiness of conducting research--especially in relation to new literacies, and the need for how-to accounts grounded in practice and that target newbie researchers.  We are deeply grateful to our contributing authors for dealing with all of these things in their rich accounts of their research processes!

From the back cover:
This book provides an expansive guide for designing and conducting robust qualitative research across a diverse range of purposes concerned with understanding new literacies in theory and in practice. It is based on the idea that one of the best ways of learning how to do good research is by closely following the approaches taken by excellent researchers. This volume brings together a group of internationally reputed qualitative researchers who have investigated new literacies from a sociocultural perspective. These contributors offer "under the hood" accounts of how they have adapted existing research approaches and, where appropriate, developed new ones to frame their research theoretically and conceptually, collected and analyzed their data, and discussed their analytic results in order to achieve their research purposes. Each chapter, based on a substantial and successful study undertaken by the researchers, addresses the research process from one or more of the following emphases: theory and design, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation. Core elements discussed in each chapter include research purposes and questions; theoretical and conceptual framing; data collection and analysis; research findings and implications; and limitations, glitches, and difficulties experienced in the research process.
Contents and authors:





And the cover:


The only thing we're sad about is the nose bleed cost of the book...  This was a visceral shock for us.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A new book in our "New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies" series!


Congratulations to Belinha de Abreu (with Vitor Tome) on the publication of her book, Mobile Learning Through Digital Literacy! This volume insightfully tackles head-on what has become tricky terrain in many schools and classrooms around the world: what to do with the mobile communication and information systems that students bring with them to school. 

From the back cover:
Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy proposes media literacy education as a conceptual framework for bridging mobile technologies in teaching and learning. As cell phones have become more advanced and applications more innovative and fitting, candid conversations are taking place as to how technology can be a purposeful tool in the classroom. Mobile technology already attracts students and encourages text-language development; yet its accessibility affords the potential for more extended use, offering enhancement and flexibility for instructional development. In light of a shared vision of collaboration and growth developing globally within educational circles, this book examines mobile learning as a formal literacy, as a productivity environment for creative growth in and out of the classroom, and as an advancement to social learning through online networks. The book surveys media literacy education—both within the classroom and its extended implications—for concerns of civic participation and data privacy, as more educators and policymakers internationally consider the possibilities of connected classrooms and m-learning on a universal scale. 
This is a must-read for all of us in literacy and media education!





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Most recent new book in the series: Learning to Teach in the Digital Age

The most recently published book in our New Literacies series is Sean Justice's Learning to Teach in the Digital Age


Subtitled 'New Materialities and Maker Paradigms in Schools', the book recounts a qualitative case study of K-12 teachers beginning to connect with pedagogies of digital making and learning over the course of a school year. It explores how these teachers interacted with and responded to 'the maker movement and digital making and learning tools and materials.

Recent Book in our series: Gamify Your Classroom


More recently, Lang published Mattew Farber's Gamify Your Classroom which provides a 'field guide' to implementing games-based learning (and 'gamification' techniques) in classroom settings. It combines a survey of 'best practices' derived from interviews with leading scholars and practitioners in the area of gaming and games-baed learning and the author's own practical lesson plans, links to further research, and selections of games to play (and why).


Recent book in our series: New Creativity Paradigms

Since we last updated this blog with information about books recently published in our New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies series, three books have been published in addition to the one mentioned in the previous post.

The first of these is Kylie Peppler's  New Creativity Paradigms: Arts Learning in the Digital Age, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, and focusing on research that explores how young people are learning new ways to participate in artistic creation based on their own interests and on the own time -- and how educators can draw on these experiences to make connections to everyday youth practices in formal curricular work.




The Delivery Man

It's been a long time since we posted here and there are all kinds of reasons for this. I'll get to one of them in a subsequent post. But, for now, part of the reason has been the usual pressure on time, and part of it -- in  my own case -- has been a feeling of getting 'past my use by date': a feeling of having nothing much fresh to say that might repay people's time in dropping in to read a new post.

But those are poor excuses, and the bottom line is that since we last posted some valued colleagues have published some good books in our "New Literacies" series, and at the very least we should be posting information about those here.

So, as a way of getting started, with something close to home, I'll begin with yesterday's small adventure, which saw me in the role of 'delivery man'.

When I came back to Mexico after summer I brought with me a very nice new (Zara Man) postie bag satchel. I love postie bags, and for years have used the canvas one from Common Ground Publishing I'll still use that one, of course, it's been a good friend. But for heavier loads, as was the case yesterday, the new leather one will b very handy.

So, one of the recent books published in the series was co-edited by our colleague, Judy Kalman, who lives in Mexico City. And along with the new postie bag my post summer luggage included 5 copies of New Literacies and Teacher Learning to deliver to Judy for her to distribute to the Mexican-based chapter contributors.

The delivery location was the Two Coyotes fountain in the wonderful colonial plaza in the heart of Coyoacan, a short walk for Judy and a short bus hop (or a longer walk) for me.

We met up and had a very nice catch-up talk, I came away with some delicious farm fresh eggs courtesy of Judy's hens.

I suppose that among the contributing factors to feeling past my use by date is that I just won't get with a new mobile phone that has one of those stunning cameras that makes a digital camera practically unnecessary. Indeed, when I get back to Canada on the weekend ahead, one of my first tasks will be to pick up a couple of packs of prints shot over the summer with Fuji film  on Michele's late 80s analogue Ricoh SLR. I had got it repaired here in Mexico City by the same excellent camera man who restored by mid 80s Pentax SLR to full working idea.

But I digress.

I had my 6 year old phone with the pathetic 2 mega pixel camera, and could not resist taking a few pix to mark my first delivery with my brand new postie bag. And, in all their low res glory, here they are.










Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The pilgrimage: to Gram, at last

I'll never have a bucket list, but there is one thing I have been meaning to do for a very long time. Too long. It was long overdue, but now it is done -- at least, for the first time. There'll be others.

The opportunity was provided by last week's LRA conference in Carlsbad, which gave me a chance to see some special colleagues I've not seen for too long. That was the original motive for going to Carlsbad. Michele had put together a symposium, and I was going to drive the rental car and see folk on site (although not actually attend the conference).

Carlsbad, however, is within three hours of Joshua Tree. And Joshua Tree is where the musician who goes deepest with me died more than 40 years ago.

Gram Parsons -- or Gram Parsons -- died tragically, and way way too young, in Room 8 at the stunning Joshua Tree Inn. At the time he died he and his bands could barely muster a quorum when it came to sales. His second solo album, Grievous Angel, was released posthumously -- as Wikipedia notes, "to great critical acclaim", yet it "failed to find commercial success."

On a random Saturday we went, finally, to the Joshua Tree Inn to honour one of the biggest debts I could ever owe. And in the short time we were there -- maybe 45 minutes -- at least four other groups were doing the same. Not bad for a random Saturday, 42 years after the event.

Had I been Bernie Leadon I might have written and sung "My Man" for my man; had I been Emmylou Harris I could have given him "Boulder to Birmingham". I settled for laying some pebbles and sea glass from Bottle Cove, Newfoundland, and some crystals and polished stones from Mexico.

He still tears me apart.




You go through the open doors to get to the rooms.

Then down the courtyard, or the pathway in front of the rooms.



And you arrive at the memorial -- what I call the shrine.


And remember, give thanks, and try to look like you are celebrating.


Take in the tokens others have brought, and then lay your own.




Walk to the door, and sit a while.



And then walk around the courtyard and leisure area.







And, before leaving, look out toward the Joshua Tree Park that inspired our man and, we are told, brought him some peace.



And start thinking about coming back again, one day. But sooner.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Call for book proposals

Those of you in the northern hemisphere who have enjoyed a restful and restorative summer and who are back into work with gusto, and those of you in the southern hemisphere who are heading into a lessening of winter and starting to feel the blood quicken in your veins, might want to think about working on a book proposal to submit for consideration for publication in our series with Peter Lang


The series--New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies--focusses on publishing single-authored and edited books that focus on some aspect of new literacies. For us, new literacies are best described as newly developed or newly understood "socially recognized ways of generating, communicating and negotiating meaningful content through the medium of encoded texts within contexts of participation in Discourses (or, as members of Discourses)” (Lankshear and Knobel 2011: 33). The series does have a definite lean towards sociocultural theorisations of literacy practices, but not exclusively so. To obtain a sense of what's already been published in this series, and the kinds of things we're looking for, click here. Our scope is really quite open.

In terms of putting together a book proposal, the following template offers a starting place.

Book proposal template

1. Proposed book title

2. Author details

3. Summary description of and rationale for proposed book (a paragraph or two)

4. Statement regarding intended audience or readership

5. Competing books in the area
Identify closest competitors and explain how your book will differ from these.

6. Course relevance
If possible, sketch ideas for specific university courses and the like where this book can be used. Part of submitting a successful proposal is showing a market exists for it.

7. Background to the proposed book
This is a more extended explanation of the proposed book. This section may well have a bibliography

8. Features
Explicitly identify things in the proposed book that make it distinctive

9. Recent Relevant Publications
List relevant publications that show you have an established track record

10. Provisional Outline of Contents
Provide a chapter-by-chapter account of the proposed book; include proposed author names if proposing an edited collection

11. Approximate Word Length
95,000 words (including the bibliography/ies is a good length to aim at)

12. Timetable
Indicate a realistic date for completion of the manuscript

Additional tips
  • Describing your proposed book in terms of it being based on your doctoral research, or on a conference symposium, won’t work in your favour

  • Write your proposal with an international audience in mind (e.g., don’t use terms like “sophomore” or regional acronyms; don’t assume widespread knowledge of a regional policy)

  • Be as succinct and to-the-point as possible (5 single-spaced pages for an entire proposal is a typical median length)

You can also get in touch with Michele (knobelm@mail.montclair.edu) and ask for advice or sample proposals, too. Email her your finished proposals and we'll set them on the review path.

Monday, August 31, 2015

New book in our series: Agustin Berti's "From Digital to Analog"!

Agustin Berti's, From Digital to Analog: Agrippa and Other Hybrids in the Beginning of Digital Culture is a marvellous book! In his exploration of William Gibson's digi-analogue Agrippa, Berti engages with the early history of the huge turn towards the digital that began in the 1990s and raises all sorts of interesting points about the materiality of digital texts.

From the back cover:
"From Digital to Analog delves into the origins of digitization and its effects on contemporary culture. The book challenges the «common sense» assertion that digitization is just another step in the evolution of the culture of the editorial, film and recorded music industries and their enforcement of copyright laws. Digital technologies in contemporary culture have paradoxically undermined and, at the same time, strengthened such practices, provoking an unprecedented quarrel over the possession of, and access to, cultural products. Agustín Berti uses the release of Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) in 1992 to study this paradox. The importance of Agrippa for digital culture studies is proven through the discussion of the frequently understated importance of the materiality of digital culture. The book develops a critique of digital technology and its alleged neutrality and transparency. Ultimately, it illustrates how Agrippa anticipated a number of contemporary phenomena such as piracy, leaks, remixes, memes, and more, forcing us to rethink the concept of digital content itself and thus the way in which culture is produced, received and preserved today. From Digital to Analog is ideal reading for a graduate student readership, especially Master candidates in the fields of Literature, Arts, Digital Humanities, Digital Culture and New Media Studies."
 Chapters include:


Get your copy now--I guarantee it's going to directly and positively impact how you think about digital texts!



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